Great Britain bronze medallist and Malvern resident, Vikki Sivertson, joins run-bike-run line-up
September’s Worcester City run-bike-run event is set to feature one of Great Britain’s best duathletes.
Vikki Sivertson, who lives in nearby Malvern, won a bronze medal at the 2014 ITU Sprint Duathlon World Championships, which consists of a 5 kilometre run, 20k cycle and 2.5k run, and will use the Worcester event on 21st September as part of her training for the longer, standard distance.
The 48-year-old took third place in the F45-49 category in Pontevedra, Spain, but is looking to turn her attention to the more common distance of 10k/40k/5k as she bids to qualify for the Great Britain team for the 2015 European Championships.
The Worcester City run-bike-run will allow both individuals and teams to tackle a 50k route, comprising of the open 10k run, a 35k bike ride, and a further 5k on foot. The race will finish against the stunning backdrop of Worcester Racecourse, while prize money will be on offer for the top three finishers in both the male and female categories.
The event, set-up by British athletics legend Steve Cram in order to harness the spirit of London 2012, is the first in a series that Cram hopes to roll out across some of the UK’s most picturesque and historical cities.
The Worcester City Young Athletes Runs will also take place on the day, over a one-mile distance for those under the age of 11, and 3k for those athletes aged between 11 and 15-years-old.
Sivertson, who works at event sponsor Runaround Sports, said:
“I was absolutely ecstatic when I realised I’d won bronze at the Sprint Duathlon World Championships – I didn’t for one minute think I would finish that high.
“I’ve done well at the sprint distance of duathlon but now I want to have a go at the longer distance, and in terms of preparation, I think the Worcester event is perfect.
“I haven’t ran 10k for a few months but I have run nine marathons, so I’m hoping I’ve still got the legs for the distance.
“It promises to be a fantastic day and I can’t wait to get to the start line.”